Why Does My Dog Turn Around Three Times Before Lying Down?

Why Does My Dog Turn Around Three Times Before Lying Down?
Dog-behaviour expert Dr. Ian Dunbar explains just what motivates our canine friends to perform some of their more perplexing actions


I’ve pondered this one for years and years and years. It could be to flatten the grass, or it could be [determining] the correct direction to face in terms of comfort, and safety, and view. It could be the dog’s having a good look around him before he decides to lie down because he will be vulnerable if he falls asleep, and… I really haven’t got a clue! It’s certainly fun to watch them do it. You just think, “Oh they’re getting much more comfortable now.”

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I have heard it is to get their spinal cord curved.
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 08:23
I heard it is an evolutionary trait that has carried on - in the wild, dogs would often lie down in long grasses so they would turn around to flatten the grasses and make the ground comfortable.
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Wed, 11/07/2012 - 21:28
I saw on a dog training show that dogs do this from instinct to tamp out predators, e.g., snakes in the grass, before lying down.
Tue, 12/17/2013 - 22:20

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